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QUICK TAKE: Reflections On The Late Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson holds the Claret Jug at the 1954 Open Championship.

My first memories of Peter Thomson were from flickering images on a black-and-white television set in my parents’ home. He wore, as I recall, a white cap or visor, and white shoes. He looked neat. If I said he also often looked querulous it was because his fine head of…

QUICK TAKE: Europeans’ Performances Give Bjørn Reason To Smile

Thomas Bjorn (center) with Graeme McDowell (left) and Rory McIlroy (right) (Photo credit: by David Cannon/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | The happiest man at Shinnecock as the third round dawned might have been Dustin Johnson, the leader by four strokes, or Matt Parziale, the amateur, a fireman from Boston, Mass., who had reached the weekend. Actually, the happiest man was none of these but Thomas Bjørn,…

QUICK TAKE: After Tough Finishes, Rose And Poulter Are Still Within Striking Distance

Justin Rose (Photo credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | First, the scenario and then the question. You’re coming to the end of your second round at the US Open. The cut is of no concern because you are so close to the leader you could almost touch him. Just two holes remain and if you…

QUICK TAKE: Fleetwood And Stenson Loom As Challengers

Tommy Fleetwood (Photo credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | If it’s the US Open, then Tommy Fleetwood must be up there, high on the leaderboard. He finished fourth at Erin Hills in 2017 and after a brilliant 66 in the second round at Shinnecock Hills he has positioned himself on the coattails of Dustin Johnson….

QUICK TAKE: Rippling Winds Lead To Thoughts Of British Open In The U.S.

Dark clouds and windy conditions made the U.S. Open feel a bit like Britain (Photo Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | When the US Open was held at Shinnecock Hills in 1986 the first day’s round took place in foul conditions. A strong wind blew, rain plunged from leaden skies, broken only by occasional burst of limp sunshine. And it was cold. “Welcome to the first British…

QUICK TAKE: Poulter Thrives In Tough Shinnecock Conditions

Ian Poulter hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | Ian Poulter has competed in 12 previous US Opens at venues as far apart as Winged Foot and Bethpage Black in New York and Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines in California. None was as difficult as Shinnecock Hills for the first round of the 2018 US…